Local Team Sets "Punkin Chunkin" World Record

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

ELKTON, Va. (WHSV) -- A group from Elkton will be featured on television Thursday for setting a world record, launching a pumpkin further than other teams in its category.

Shooda Noed Beter participated in the "Punkin Chunkin" event.

Kenny Kite designed and built the human-powered catapult which earlier this month, threw a pumpkin more than 2,000 feet.

The machine does not work alone; Tony Morgan had to pull an 11-foot diameter wheel for two minutes to build the pressure on the machine to make its arms swing fast and cut the pumpkin lose.

"You kinda feel rewarded, not that many people have the opportunity to set a world record. Not only we had an opportunity, but we were able to set one," said Kite.

"It is a way to be rewarded for hard work and effort that you put into something that you are passionate about," said Morgan.

This is the third year this team participating in "Punkin Chunkin" and the show will be aired on the Science Channel Thursday at 8 p.m.

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